The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) would like to remind ice anglers that, as of January 1, 2017, they are allowed to clean and consume fish and keep a possession limit of fish while on the ice.
If there are no water-specific length restrictions for a species of fish, anglers may now clean and cook those fish while on the ice in accordance with daily and possession limits while on that lake.
For example, anglers fishing on Poinsett Lake would NOT be able to clean and eat walleyes, as that lake has a 15 inch minimum for walleyes. Poinsett anglers WOULD be able to clean and eat yellow perch and northern pike, but any fish eaten would count towards their daily limit.
Anglers fishing multiple days will also be able to keep a legally caught possession limit of fish while on the ice. Anglers would still have to adhere to the fish transportation rule that requires fish to be readily counted These changes are effective Jan. 1, 2017.
For additional information, please contact the following regional offices:
Watertown 605.882.5200 | Rapid City 605.394.2391 | Fort Pierre 605.223.7700 | Sioux Falls 605. 362.2700